Many of the 617 Squadron crews who took part in the famous attacks on the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe Dams and also the raids on the Dortmund-Ems Canal did not return. This book takes the reader to many of the crash sites that resulted. They include the coast off Texel, Rees, Marbeck, Emmerich, Hamm, Ostonnen, just north of the Mohne Dam, the former airfield at Gilze-Rijen in Holland and Castricum-aan-Zee, also Holland. The Dortmund-Ems Canal sites are Noordhorn, Recke, Bergeshovede, Ladbergen and Den Ham in Holland. All these sites can be visited within a week's tour by car or public transport. The book is illustrated with then-and-now photographs of the sites, the personnel involved and the aircraft originally flown. Local places of interest are listed to allow those aficionados of this famous squadron to broaden their knowledge and also enjoy a continental break.
I am Chris Ward, one of two authors featured on Amazon to share that regal name. I am 65, (with the body of a 30 year old which I steadfastly refuse to give back),and I am not to be confused with the more youthful and handsome sharer of my name, who, I understand lives in Cornwall and is a short story writer. I work for Penguin Books, which has now joined forces with Random House as part of the Bertelmanns Group, and I'm based at its UK distribution centre near Rugby, where I spend my time manhandling cases of books and processing them. When not sweating for my salary I instruct my colleagues on the operation of all of the powered manual handling equipment essential to the processes of storage and distribution, fork lift trucks, cranes etc. At home I play and teach guitar, write books, suffer as a lifelong Aston Villa fan (57 years so far)and generally chill out.
Those of you who know my work will be enthusiasts of RAF Bomber Command in WWII, particularly the Dambusters. However, I have just published my first novel, entitled Time Link, which is available via Amazon Kindle, and also touches in part upon Bomber Command and 617 Squadron. My book on 1 Group is due for publication by Pen & Sword in 2014. Also due for a relaunch through Pen & Sword is my RAF Bomber Command Squadron Profile series, which will be published in hard back in updated form. I will also be making a DVD on the Dortmund-Ems Canal operation by 617 Squadron in September 1943. (For those who have seen the Dambusters DVD bearing my name put out by Pen & Sword in 2013, I assure you I had nothing to do with its production, and apologise for the appalling narration which mispronounced every German word.)
Thanks for taking the trouble to read this, and, more importantly, for buying my books.
Bye for now,
Chris Ward. (The older and less handsome one).